Back to Store

Berthier (Berthiot) Portrait Petzval 330mm F4.4 (very early)

€1200.00 EUR

Shipping costs will be calculated at checkout.

History: A very interesting Portrait petzval for the 8x10 format. The lens itself is not engraved on the outside, that was quite common in the early age of photography, yet as one might expect it from a french maker, you can find the glass marked with lead pencil reading 'Berthier', at least thats what i read there. Strangely enaugh I couldnt really find any more info on this maker, the only name that bears some similarities is the famous 'Berthiot'. 


Condition: The lens is in very nice and authentic condition. The brass of the lens comes with an authentic and warm patina, showing only minimal wear. The massive rack & pinion is comple and working. The glass is in really quite good condition, there are a couple of cleaning streaks here and there, but overall its very clear. All in all i tested this baby on the ground glass and the image was very nice with a tack sharp center and a nice falloff.


This lens has about 330mm focal lenght (13") and an open aperture of F4.4. It will work for 8x10 format and maybe even 10x12 with a nice petzval character especially at portrait distance.


Lens comes with a fitting flange and the original brass lenscap.





height: 20cm
width: 10cm
weight: 2300gr





Insured and tracked shipping cost:

Germany - 10 eur
EU* - 30 eur
Worldwide - 60 eur


*(the site offers only 2 shipping variations, DE and worldwide. buyers from EU please either contact me beforehand for a reduced EU cost, or after buying so i can send a refund over the difference)







Importent Note: This item comes from my private collection and is around 100 years old (antique). I try my best to describe all the faults and major damage which are relevant for the function of this item. But the actuall item can show signs of wear and also some cosmetic blemishes/damage which is not described in the auction text! When buying this item the buyer agrees to this terms.

Copyright © All rights reserved.
Using Format